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Fednav takes 'milestone' delivery of 60th owned vessel

Fednav prend possession de son soixantième navire.

2018-07-13

Fednav Limited has taken ownership of a 60th bulk carrier, an important milestone in Fednav's history. This vessel, the MV Federal Dee, is the latest in a series of 22 box-hold handysize bulk carriers of 34,500 deadweight tons ordered from Oshima Shipyard of Japan since 2013.

As the world's largest operator of ice-class dry-bulk carriers and Canada's leading ocean-going, dry-bulk shipowning and chartering group, Fednav operates a modern and high-performing bulker fleet of over 100 ships, the majority of which are owned.

The company continues to invest extensively in its fleet rejuvenation and extension program to offer customers the highest quality ocean transportation solutions, while reducing the fleet's environmental footprint.

Earlier this year, Fednav also contracted for the replacement of its MV Arctic by ordering a new 30,000 DWT Polar Class 4 mine support vessel from JMU Shipyard of Japan. The ship will be flagged under Canadian registry and begin service as of 2020. Known for its expertise in navigating in ice, Fednav has for over 60 years played a leading role in promoting Arctic development and export. The company operates the three most powerful ice-breaking bulk carriers in the world offering year-round services transporting nickel and copper concentrates southbound and returning with all mine resupply material including Arctic diesel oil.

Investing recently more than US $600 million into its newbuilding program, the company clearly demonstrates continued confidence in the shipping markets and its commitment to the Arctic, St. Lawrence, and Great Lakes trades, stated a press release.

Fednav is a privately owned shipping company The company employs 260 office staff worldwide-160 in its Montreal headquarters-and maintains commercial offices overseas in Antwerp, Charlotte, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, St. John's, and Tokyo. (photo Fednav)

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Germany's Hamburg Süd launches new Med service with Montreal

Hamburg Süd d'Allemagne crée un nouveau service entre Montréal et la Méditerranée

2018-07-12

A new service connecting the Port of Montreal to the Mediterranean market was recently announced by the Hamburg Süd Group. Launched to meet the growing demand of importers and exporters on both sides of the Atlantic, this new service will connect the Port of Montreal to the ports of Algeciras and Valencia in Spain, Fos-sur-Mer in France, and La Spezia and Salerno in Italy. The first ships departed July 2 headed west and ship departures headed east will start July 19.

"The vessels on the service will have average nominal container capacities of 1,800 TEU," Scott Pichette, VP of Montship, agents for the German shipping line, told Maritime Magazine.

"With this new partnership, the Port of Montreal can now count on a sixth international line in its trading with the world," said the Montreal Port Authority. "This is excellent news in a context of constantly growing freight traffic, which reflects Montreal's economic attractiveness on the world stage."

Hamburg Süd is one of the world's ten leading container liner shipping brands. Through its affiliation with Maersk Line-the world's market leader in international container liner shipping-Hamburg Süd's customers have access to the most extensive liner network and the largest shipping fleet in the world. (Photo Hamburg Sud).

 

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Master Mariners of Canada backs three icebreaker purchase

2018-07-09

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The Company of Master Mariners of Canada said it is very much encouraged by the decision of the federal government to immediately acquire additional icebreaking vessels to supplement the existing Coast Guard fleet of capable but seriously aging icebreakers. Recent announcements propose the purchase of the Tor Viking, Balder Viking and Vider Viking from Norway's Trans Viking shipping company. They are to be refitted at Davie Shipbuilding in Levis QC with the first vessels to be operational for the 2018 - 2019 ice season in the Saint Lawrence, Saguenay and East Coast Newfoundland waters.

"The announcement to purchase and repurpose to Canadian requirements three icebreaking offshore supply vessels with towing capacity will greatly enhance reliability of the existing Coast Guard fleet," the Master Mariners said.

These three 18 year old vessels present a short term solution to CCG's growing demand for icebreaking services for Canada's Great Lakes, Saint Lawrence, Saguenay and Eastern Canadian waters as well as the Canadian Arctic which has seen a significant increase in marine traffic in recent years.


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Ottawa pledges funding for Thunder Bay infrastructure upgrades

2018-07-04

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

The federal government is investing $7.5 million into infrastructure upgrades at the Port of Thunder Bay's Keefer Terminal. The announcement was made on July 3 by Transportation Minister Marc Garneau at the Thunder Bay Port Authority office, along with local representatives Don Rusnak and Patty Hajdu.

The project involves adding tracks and laydown areas for cargo staging and transshipment to respond to increased demand, and building a 4,645 square metre multi-purpose heated facility to suit requirements of terminal users.

Once completed, this project will improve trade flow by easing capacity constraints and bottlenecks, and provide shippers with more options to meet their requirements. It will also increase the resilience of the transportation system to a changing climate and its adaptability to new technologies and future innovation.

Thunder Bay Port Authority CEO, Tim Heney, said the funding from the government will cover half of the $15 million multi-stage project that has been ongoing for the last 12 years. An additional $1 million is coming from Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the remainder is covered by the port authority.

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Algoma joins St. Lawrence/East Coast whale conservation efforts

2018-07-05

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Algoma Central Corporation, the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Waterway, is adding the crews from 27 of its vessels to an expanding network of whale watchers. For the first time, the crews on Algoma's self-unloaders, bulkers, tankers and cement carriers will collect data about the whales they see on their journeys this summer.

"Algoma is committed to providing sustainable and environmentally responsible marine transportation," said Gregg Ruhl, Algoma's Chief Operating Officer. "Taking part in this conservation initiative and bringing the power of our fleet to gather more data and better understand the whereabouts of marine mammals will support research that can help minimize our environmental impact."

The data collection being led by the Marine Mammal Observation Network (MMON) and supported by Green Marine, now encompasses more than 50 vessels, along with observations made from shorelines and ferries in Matane, Godbout, Baie-Comeau, Rivière-du-Loup, Trois Pistoles and Les Escoumins and through an evolving collaboration with marine pilots.

Special training was provided to Algoma vessel Captains earlier this year and information materials provided to crews to raise awareness about the different marine mammals that could be encountered on their journeys and to acquire more knowledge about these animals. Many of Algoma's vessels operate in the Saint Lawrence Estuary, where they may come across beluga, harbour porpoise, minke, blue, fin, and humpback whales.

Several vessels also navigate in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and on the Canadian and U.S. East Coast, where they could also come across dolphins, pilot whales, and North Atlantic right whales.

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